ESKABO Daan is a Filipino Martial Art based in San Francisco California. It is a weapons based system that also incorporates empty hand techniques as well as joint locking techniques. This art was founded by Grand Master Robert Castro, whose 30 plus years of Martial Arts experience, led him to the creation of this unique and effective style. Grand Master Robert Castro gives his students more than they bargained for. He gives completely of himself and prepares them for whatever self-defense situation they may encounter. If you are in need of a Martial Arts School where it is not about ego but about learning and personal growth, then come to the ESKABO Daan school.
Jeet Kune Do - The Essence of Jeet Kune Do
What is Jeet Kune Do? Is it a style created by Bruce Lee for his followers? Is it a form of martial art full of new techniques and traditions? Or is it simplya series of concepts to be applied by martial art enthusiasts so that they can grow their own art? The answer is both all of the above and none of the above.
According to Lee, Jeet Kune Do is the training and discipline towards the ultimate reality in combat. Ultimate reality stands for one's primary freedom which is simple, direct, and nonclassical. To be a good Jeet Kune Do practitioner, one must be pliable and not oppose force. One must give in and give way to the force and redirect it back onto the opponent. A Jeet Kune Do practitioner has no technique and no form, but uses his/her opponents form as his/her own.
One of the most prominent concepts that Lee taught his students is not to be bound by tradition and stuck in a rigid pattern. He called it "an artificial and wooden prearrangement." To begin studying martial art, one must be taught how to do the correct techniques of the particularstyle they seek to learn. Lee often likened a man unfamiliar with techniques and forms as a man in his most natural state; a man who acts on instinct alone when presented with an attack. Once the man begins to study martial art, he loses that natural instinct and becomes reliant on doing the "correct' technique. His mind goes from stance 1 to stance 2 and so on, interrupted by the thought process which slows the response time and leaves the man open to attack. With sufficient time to practice and perfect the art, the man will ultimately gain an effortless understanding of the form so that the steps are all but forgotten and the movements and reactionsflow as naturally as breathing.
Lee believed that if a martial artist limited himself/herself to one form or style, that he/she washandicapping himself/herself in a profound way. All ways are welcome within Jeet Kune Do and one mustn't handicap oneself by relying on onlyone particularstyle. The practice and implementation of martial art was more important than the form that it takes. This was done through a process of daily decrease by retaining what was useful and discarding what was useless. A Jeet Kune Do practitioner might take a right hook from boxing, grappling from Grecko Roman wrestling, and a round house kick from Tae Kwon Do and put them all together.
Lee believed that all set patterns are incapable of adaptability and pliability, and that the ultimate truth is outside of all fixed patterns. Thus, a Jeet Kune Do practitioner bides by the principles but is not bound by the principles. They dissolve the principles once they have outlived their usefulness and are not caged by them. He believed that upon maturity in the art of Jeet Kune Do, a practitioner would attain the highest goal, which is the formless form! According to Lee, when one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, one can fit in with any style. A Jeet Kune Do practitioner uses all ways and is bound by none and uses any technique to serve ones end. Efficiency is anything that scores. That is the essence of Jeet Kune Do.